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280 incoming LWC freshman at June 4-6, 2015 EDGE days
Next EDGE days are July 24-25, 2015. Fall semester starts August 19, 2015
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By Duane Bonifer
COLUMBIA, KY - Autumn Burton was ready to start college less than two weeks after finishing high school.
The Russell County (KY) High School graduate was among 280 incoming Lindsey Wilson College freshmen who attended the first three EDGE days of the summer. The first three were held June 4-6; the final two will be July 24-25.
"It's a relief (to have finished high school) because I was tired of high school," said Burton, of Russell Springs, who graduated May 28. "I'm just ready to be out on my own."
Burton attended the Saturday EDGE day with fellow Russell County alumna Billie Peel, also of Russell Springs. Both plan to major in human services and counseling at LWC.
Peel said she is both anxious and excited about starting college.
"It's kind of scary, but it's an exciting time," she said. "Just the transition from high school to college is going to be such a big difference."
The purpose of EDGE is to help students such as Peel make that transition. EDGE -- which stands for education, development, growth and experience -- is an orientation program for incoming freshmen. The day introduces freshmen to the LWC community and gives them several opportunities to meet the college's faculty, staff and students.
While freshmen are with new classmates, parents and family members meet with college administrators and staff members to learn how to support their students during their time as Blue Raider undergraduates.
LWC's 2015 fall semester begins Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
Andrew Coffey of Monticello, KY, said he is looking forward to life as a Blue Raider.
"In high school you had to follow a set schedule and what other people wanted you to do, so I'm looking forward to pursuing my interests," said Coffey, who graduated May 29 from Wayne County (KY) High School and is the son of LWC alumni George and Carol Coffey.
Also during EDGE days, students discuss 10 issues that affect U.S. young people. In sessions led by LWC Office of Civic Engagement staff members, incoming freshmen explore a range of issues that include bullying, poverty and violence in schools.
"We want our future Blue Raiders cognizant of issues facing them today, and we want them to think how they can be change-makers within their profession," said LWC Director of Civic Engagement Amy Thompson-Wells, who led some of the sessions.
LWC freshman LaDanna Froedge of Columbia was among the freshmen who were impressed by the consciousness-raising sessions.
"I'm very excited about attending Lindsey Wilson College" said Froedge, who graduated Friday from Adair County School and plans to major in nursing. "I learned many statistics that bettered my understand about issues in our community and nation. ... I would love to volunteer and help out around the community." - News from Lindsey Wilson College
This story was posted on 2015-06-06 15:52:14
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